Try skydiving and bumper cars at sea!
by Patricia Mack
Boredom will be a thing of the past on Royal Caribbean’s two new ships, the first in a new Quantum class. They will be the first at sea to offer attractions such as simulated skydiving, bumper cars, roller skating and an observation capsule inspired by the London Eye. The capsule, called The North Star, can hold 14 people and is attached to a crane-like arm with a bird’s-eye view 303 feet above sea level for spectacular vistas of the ship at sea as well as ports of call.
The skydiving attraction, called RipCord, uses a powerful wind flow within a tubular structure to keep participants aloft while floating and spinning over an outdoor deck. “You’re not touching anything but the air,” said Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International.
SeaPlex, an indoor sports complex will be the site of basketball, table tennis, a circus school with trapeze instruction and bumper cars. The space converts to a floor for roller-skaters, with a DJ hovering above in a see-through pod.
Two70 is an aft lounge with a three-deck-high, 270-degree panoramic view of the sea. In the evening, the floor-to-ceiling windows become projection screens depicting lush and exotic landscapes as background to aerial performers. Two70 also houses one of the ships’ extraordinary bars — three stories high.
“Our guests will see sights and have experiences they never expected to have at sea — all world firsts,” Goldstein said.
These attractions will be featured on Quantum of the Seas, to debut in the fall of 2014, and its twin Anthem of the Seas, which will make its appearance in the Mediterranean in 2015. Specifically designed with longer itineraries in mind, the ships will also offer perennially popular features and amenities including the surf simulator FlowRider, the Vitality Spa, the DreamWorks Experience, and an adults-only Solarium.
Cabins have been designed with modular features such as interior doors so that adjacent bedrooms can be connected for large families or multi-generational groups. The ships will also offer “virtual portholes” for windowless staterooms with live ocean views, and all of Quantum’s interior cabins will have “virtual balconies” consisting of LED screens with projected seascapes.
At 167,800 gross register tonnage, the ships are 1,141 feet long and 134 feet wide. They carry 4,180 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,090 staterooms and span 16 guest decks. In other words, they are roughly the equivalent in length of 32 London buses, 3½ football fields, or nearly five of the world’s largest passenger airplane, the A380. More information on Quantum class of ships is available at Royal Caribbean’s website. Tickets for Quantum’s first sailing are on sale now while Anthem of the Seas’ prices, tickets and itineraries will be announced early in the new year.
All photographs courtesy of Royal Caribbean.